Ever since my mom passed away, this day as always been hard for me.


Today I celebrate my mom, the women who raised me.


The women who taught me right from wrong, to look both ways when crossing the street, and to always say “please” and “thank you.”


The women who taught me that beauty is more than skin deep.


The women who made me laugh and smile, even when I was upset.


I celebrate the women who celebrated life. Who taught me that the little things count. Showing someone love and compassion can go a long way and you never truly know what someone is going through. The women who taught me that kindness is the most important and most powerful thing anyone can do.


And even though she has passed, I still feel she is teaching me things every day.


Mom, wherever you are too, I know you will always be with me. Happy Mother’s Day.

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Grandpa and Me with his homemade pies

The oven opened, flooding the kitchen with a rich, savoury smell of fresh apples, sprinkled in cinnamon and baked to perfection. Melt in your mouth partridge berries boiled on the stove top, as the lemon cooled down on the table. All in a typical Newfoundland kitchen, with empty mason jars lined up for jam and pie shells patiently waiting to be filled. In the mix of it all, there stood a silver-haired man wearing an apron covered in flour, grinning from ear to ear. Ah, it was Grandpa and his pies.


When brainstorming fundraisers, experience told me one thing: people like sweets — even the people on health kicks. Sweets are hard to turn away from! Maybe you can say no to a late-night plate of nachos or skip a doughnut at Tim’s once in a while. But when it comes to Grandpa’s pies, it’s always a challenge to say no.


I called him one day to ask if this fundraiser was possible for Mother’s Day to which he replied, “Yes my love, just tell me how many pies!” Well, thanks to Winners and Homesense associates, Eastern Edge Robotics, and family and friends we sold more pies then I accounted for. All of the proceeds are going toward the Children’s Wish Foundation, therefore, getting me one step closer to granting a wish. Thank you, everyone, who supported this fundraiser and a special thank you to the man of the hour, Clayton Cutler or as I like to call him, Grandpa.

Eastern Edge Robotics team (Image does not include all team members)


Missed this fundraiser? Can’t wait for the next one? Coming up on Father’s day, I will be selling cupcakes! Stay tuned!!

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We all have something that we are deeply passionate about. For me, it’s women’s rights and women’s participation in politics. Choosing your pageant platform is, in my opinion, one of the most important things you will do as a delegate. Should you receive the title, your platform is what you will spend the next year as a titleholder working on.

I chose women’s rights because around the world today, women are underrepresented everywhere. We are often portrayed negatively in the media, girls around the world are denied education, and less than half of the CEOs and holders of public office in the world are women. The best way to improve the condition of women in the world is to have more women properly represented everywhere.

We can all do our part to advance women’s rights around the globe. We can volunteer for organizations that support the advancement of women’s rights, and we can all do our part to be better role models for the women and girls in our lives.

It can be hard to choose your pageant platform. But one thing you can do to help you decide is ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What am I most passionate about?
  2. What cause is really important to me?
  3. What can I do to help that cause?

Once you have answered the above questions, you can narrow it down to a select few options and choose the thing you care about most. There are so many choices out there, it’s just a matter of finding your passion and figuring out what you can do to help. After all, volunteering is food for the soul.

With love,

Courtney Jones – Miss Newfoundland and Labrador World 2019

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People are continually asking me questions about my interest in pageants and my current journey to Miss World Canada. I do love talking to people about this subject, and seriously if they let me, I’d talk their ear off about it. But I did notice that similar things were coming up so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce the Top 10 Things you probably didn’t know about pageantry and more specifically the Miss World Canada pageant.

10. Giving Back to the Community.

To quote my dad, “It’s not about them; it’s about them giving back to the community.” All the pageants I have been involved with had a volunteer component whether that was part of your qualifications to enter or part of the competition. For Miss World Canada giving back to the community comes up in several ways, one way is from attending events and supporting different organizations.

Have an event coming up? Let me know! Either drop a comment below, message me through social media, or email me at alyjcutler@gmail.com

9. Fitness

Miss Teen NL 2017
On the way to our fitness test!

Even though there are a lot of pageants that still do a swimsuit portion on stage, it’s not about your bikini body but actually about being physically fit which can be a huge difference. The real challenge is a fitness test that gets scored based on your physical strength, your endurance, and flexibility. There is a running portion, planks, push-ups, wall sits, sit-ups, and much more involved in this test. It’s much more than skipping DQ ice cream this summer; you have to go work out and commit your body to it.

8. Politics and Pageantry

Most people don’t realize how much politics are in pageants. We have to know about what is happening within our province, our country, and worldwide movements. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes our final on-stage question depends on our knowledge in the political world.

7. Marketing and Social Media

I am sure that I am not the first face you see in the media sporting a crown and sash. There are hundreds of us. But why is that so important? For Miss World Canada we get scored on this because it demonstrates our skills, allows us to promote our platforms, shows our online networking abilities, and our community support. It’s not necessarily about getting the post likes our Instagram photos; it’s about connecting to others, sharing our voice, and showcasing what we have to say.


To Follow me on Social people, you can check out the following. Facebook: Alyssa Cutler – Miss St. John’s World 2019 Twitter: @NLworld19 Instagram: miss_stjohns_world19

6. raising money for the official charity

All pageants I have been involved with over the years chose an official charity to support. This means that all delegates are required to raised money for this charity and the amount raised will go towards our score. Miss World Canada’s official charity is the Children’s Wish Foundation. The person who raises the most money wins an award and gets a place in the top 20. My personal goal isn’t necessarily winning that award, but instead to grant a wish, raising a total of 10 000.


If you would like to donate and help grant a wish, please contact me at alyjcutler@gmail.com Or check out my social media. I am currently selling Homemade Pies for Mother’s day and Cup Cakes for Father’s Day!


5. Sponsorship

Sponsorship means several things to a delegate. Pageants are expensive, like $$$$ worth expensive and a lot of times delegates rely on sponsorship to be able to go. Sponsors can also help each delegate with clothing, their evening gown, getting a gym membership and other things that help them cut down on cost.


If you would like to sponsor Miss St. John’s World please email alyjcutler@gmail.com

4.Networking

Pageants are all about networking whether it’s online through your social media, in person at events, or even during the competition. During the competition there will be dozens of girls in a room, all of which have different educational backgrounds, working with various charities, and is heading toward different career paths. What does that mean? It means a group of over-achievers gets talking and makes all these connections that could help them in the future. For example, if I was going to BC soon and I had some questions about where to stay, where to go, etc., I would call up my friend I made when I went to Miss Teenage Canada, and I would expect nothing less from her if she ever came to Newfoundland. I have heard of so many girls meeting up afterwards, starting up businesses together, and helping each other grow and supporting one another long after the pageant.

3. The Sisterhood

Miss Teenage Canada 2017

Once you’re in the pageant world, you’re in the pageant world. You are now part of this large community of women who support women. We ask each other questions, we vote for each other, we cheer each other on. No matter what pageant you’re in, how big or small, being part of this community is life-changing. All of a sudden you have this group that will be a part of her life, for the rest of your life and the funny thing about that is you probably only meet them once.

Miss Teen NL 2017

2. The interview

It’s about getting a job. Winning a title like Miss World Canada is like having a second job, which means that the interview is one of the essential things in this competition. The questions will be exactly like a job interview, but instead of asking off your resume, it will be off of your original application. The answers which should demonstrate you who are, what you are willing to do for the title, what your plans after and if you win the title, and the overall immersion that the judges get from you.

1.Beauty with a purpose

This one is specific to Miss World Canada/ Miss World. This portion is by far my favourite thing in all pageants. Beauty with a Purpose is when the delegate works with, fundraises for, and advocates for an organization/non-profit/charity. Typically, the project is similar to your platform; for example, if your platform was about saving animals, then your project will be about saving animals. My Beauty with a Purpose project will be announced a little later, although I haven’t been keeping it a secret. It just means so much to me that I will be writing an entire blog post about it.

What did you think? Anything you didn’t know about pageants until now? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below!!

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My mom never stopped being my mom. Not when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, not when her hair first started to fall out, not when she was fitted for a wing, not when cancer came back for another round, and not any day of her battle did she stop being my mom.

Now, after three years of her passing I look back at my time with her and I don’t remember cancer. I remember my mom. I remember going to Disney World with her, meeting Mickey Mouse and Cinderella. I remember dining at the castle, dressing up as a princess, and being happy not just because I was in Disney but because I was in Disney with my mom. People are right when they say it’s a magically place because for me and my family it truly was. Disney felt like the place where Cancer couldn’t touch us.

That is why, after my mom passed, I started the Jennifer A. Cutler Foundation. Through the Just Believe Campaign, we send a family with the mother or father going through cancer treatments away to Disney World. So mom can be mom again. Dad can be dad again. And for a short while, they aren’t the family battling cancer they are just a family enjoying life.

On April 29th, 2019, the 3rd annual Tea Party fundraiser was held in Centerville-Wareham-Trinity. I am so excited and beyond grateful to announce that we raised over $5000! To all the volunteers, ladies who organized it, the Lion’s Club for their donation, the attendees, the photographer, everyone who sold tickets and everyone who bought tickets – I am raising my glass to you. It is because of your support and your kindness that we are able to do what we do. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

It was such a wonderful event with over 200 people. Hot tea was being served from the awesome butlers. Cookies, cakes, tarts, and other delicious goods were baked by the ladies attending the event. We chatted, listened to speech’s, sang, and supported this charity together showing that even as a small community in Newfoundland and Labrador, we have the power to make a positive impact, the power to create change, and when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

I am also so grateful to be the one to say that on November 1st 2018 our first family had an amazing time at Disney World and as of April 29th 2019 applications are now opened for the second family. To fill out an application please visit our website jenniferacutler.ca  Any questions or concerns about the application or our foundation please email jacfoundation@gmail.com

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We are currently accepting applications for the second family!! Apply online at our website jenniferacutler.ca Please like our facebook page, invite friends to like our page and share this video so people all over Newfoundland and Labrador have the opportunity to apply.

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Hi there, Courtney here. As Miss Newfoundland and Labrador World 2019, I want to show young women and girls that they can do anything, including run for and hold public office. It’s so important that we have more women and girls in our governments because representation matters. It is hard to make decisions on someone else’s behalf when you don’t understand their experiences.

It is well-known that women running for and holding public office often get treated very poorly. They are attacked in sexist ways, ways that men would never be attacked. They are often asked how they can balance public office with motherhood.

Women and girls are superheroes. We are powerful and we are strong. We have excellent decision-making skills and work well under pressure, and are great multitaskers. We are also empathetic, a quality that’s very important in a public official. It is important to have the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to try to help them in whatever situation they find themselves in.

Making decisions on behalf of the people you represent is an enormous responsibility, and an enormous privilege. But with more women in politics, we could close the gender wage gap and inspire more women and girls to pursue their dreams. That is why as Miss Newfoundland and Labrador World 2019, I want to encourage young women and girls to consider a career in public service.

Some women that have inspired my own involvement in politics are the Honourable Judy Foote, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Governor General Julie Payette, former astronaut. Women and girls can do amazing things. We just need to decide to do them.

With love,

Courtney Jones – Miss Newfoundland and Labrador World 2019

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Sorry Dad, but if the crown fits – wear it!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Alyssa Cutler and this July I will be representing Newfoundland and Labrador at Miss World Canada.

So, what does that mean? A shiny crown, a big smile, and father that needs some convincing? Yes, yes, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But in all seriousness, I want my title to mean much more than a pretty face in a pretty crown. I love Newfoundland and Labrador and the community we have throughout the province.  I want to give back and help out any way I can.

The two main charities I will be working with is the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Jennifer A. Cutler Foundation. Along with attending and volunteering at numerous events supporting other organizations.

Coming up later this week is a blog post all about the Jennifer A. Cutler Foundation and the 3rd Annual Tea Party.

In the meantime, check out my social media!

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Thank you for your support.

xoxo

Alyssa Cutler – Miss St. John’s World 2019

A Newfoundlander Is Hitting the Big Stage!

I AM SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE … that I will be competing in the Miss World Canada pageant this july!!! I am so proud and happy to be representing Newfoundland and Labrador! Along with this journey I am going to be working with and fundraising for the Children's the Wish Foundation! Along with my Beauty with a Purpose project – working with the Jennifer A Cutler Foundation! Children's Wish Foundation of Canada – Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter Jennifer A Cutler Foundation#mwc19 #mwc2019 #missworldcanada2019 #CWF #JACFOUNDATION #JUSTBELIEVE

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When I first found out that I had been officially accepted to compete at Miss World Canada 2019, the feeling was an indescribable one. Representing not just your hometown, but your entire province is both an honour and a privilege.

I come from a small town by the name of Torbay. What’s really cool about Torbay is that there is an almost identical town in Devon, England. The coast line looks exactly the same.

I decided to compete in Miss World Canada because for years I have been competing in pageants, and the experience is always different, but never any less amazing. Being surrounded by so many strong, incredible women and competing alongside them is something that is indescribable.

I also wanted to compete because I am an advocate. More specifically, I am a woman with a background in science (I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience), who will begin law school in September and is politically active. I wanted to show other young women and girls that being a girl isn’t something that should ever hold you back from pursuing your dreams, no matter how impossible it may seem at the time.

To me, becoming the next Miss World Canada isn’t about the crown and the sash. It’s about being a role model and an active member of my community. It’s about being a good representative of my province and country all across the world, and building a platform to be the role model I know that I can be.

You might be wondering what pageant girls are like behind the scenes and what a day in the life of a titleholder is like. If this sounds like you, then I encourage you to follow my journey on the road to Miss World Canada.

With much love,

Courtney Jones

Miss Newfoundland and Labrador World 2019

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